WordFest 2021

WordFest Live, run by A Big Orange Heart, is back for its second time! The inaugural WordFest Live was only in January. It was a total success that they wanted to do another one.

WordFest Live is a 24 hour WordPress virtual conference to help promote the open-source operating system and mental health in the WordPress community and beyond.

It’s free to attend, so really there is no reason not to.

Goldstein Media is proud to be a micro-sponsor, and I’m happy that I can volunteer for some of the time.

I’ll be posting more as we get closer to July 23rd.

Find out more here:


So Many Ways To Skin The WordPress Cat

I’ve been using WordPress as my exclusive content management system for years now. I honestly don’t even remember how long it’s been. With all this time in the ecosystem, I’ve noticed something that I’m not sure I like or dislike.

With WordPress the ecosystem is so robust with innovation that there’s a page builder for all types of people. From Beaver Builder to Divi to WP Bakery to Elementor, the options are endless. This is just one segment of the ecosystem too. There are plugins to add all kinds of functionality.

There are so many ways to skin a cat in this CMS, that trying to pick up from where another developer left off can be challenging.

Recently, my team and I have started updating sites that we haven’t built. With this a challenge has emerged… trying to figure out what the old developer was thinking when they did certain things.

Once we figure out the reasoning behind certain decisions in the development process, we usually can run with it.

On the whole, WordPress is great. It gives users the freedom to do what they want with their site. But with this comes a trade off. It can be hard to pick up where another person left off. Because there are so many ways to skin a cat.

What do you think? Post your thoughts in the comments below.


Matt Mullenweg, Automattic, & WordPress

So many people are complaining about Matt Mullenweg and his “aspirations” for Automattic and I don’t have issues with any of those “aspirations” or his getting investment from Salesforces.

What I do have a problem with is that Matt has co-opted and confused the brand of WordPress. There is the self-hosted and open source version of WordPress at and then there is the hosted, business that Automattic runs.

I don’t even have a problem with Jetpack tying the two together. It’s just the confusion between Dot Com and Dot Org, that gets me.

What do you think? Is there more to this that I’m missing?